Art is a powerful adjunct to academics. Not only does it give an outlet to creative energies, but it helps foster creativity in and out of the classroom. Stuart Hall's art classes are structured around the national Standards in the Visual Arts curriculum and the 21st Century competencies. These guidelines support the analytical, creative, and intuitive understanding of visual arts. For student artists who have an interest in pursuing art as a profession, we have a long tradition of portfolio building that has helped our graduates attend world-class art colleges. Recent graduates have matriculated to the Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, and the Parsons School of Design. Annual offerings at Stuart Hall typically include such classes at photography, 2D and 3D art, AP art and design, drawing, painting, pottery, and Artistic Expression.
Art classes offered during the academic day are open to all interested students. After school, students may explore co-curricular art offerings designed for self-expression, self-esteem, self-confidence, and artistic collaboration - without the pressure of a grade.
At Stuart Hall, we are lucky to be surrounded by a vibrant artistic culture in Staunton and the surrounding area. Many local artists are inspired by the overwhelming natural beauty and the quaint charm of downtown, but there is also an avant-garde population of artists who push the bounds of traditional art. Like the Stuart Hall student, these artists take risks to express concepts and ideas unique to their vision. We cooperate with some of these art galleries and organizations to display student art in local shows.